Into the Mouth of the Cat: The Story of Lance Sijan, Hero of Vietnamby Malcolm McConnell
On the night of November 9, 1967, Sijan was ejected from his crippled fighter-bomber over the steep mountains of Laos.
Lance Sijan was always a special kind of person: as a kid growing up in the Midwest; as a cadet who made his mark in the Air Force Academy. But it took Vietnam to show how special he wasin an epic of jungle survival and prison-camp defiance.
On the night of November 9, 1967, Sijan was ejected from his crippled fighter-bomber over the steep mountains of Laos. Although critically injured and virtually without supplies, he evaded capture in savage terrain for six weeks. Finally caught and placed in a holding camp, he overpowered his guards and escaped, only to be captured again. He resisted his interrogators to the end, and he died two weeks later in Hanoi. His courage was an inspiration to other American prisoners of war, and he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
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my dad had this book and i just picked it up one day and from that moment on i have been hooked on history...i have even become a history major...this book is so amazing and it brought tears to my eyes...i looked up lance on the the Wall and did a rubbing...it now is framed as a reminder of the man who inspired me...
this book is truly moving. I couldnt believe the heroism displayed throughout the account. Sijan is the mold from which every God loving anerican should be cut.
A gripping first account of a true American Hero in Viet Nam. His determination and will to live despite his condition was so inspirational they named a building at the Air Force Academy after him. He is the first AF Academy graduate to win the Medal Of Honor. I went to visit his gravesite in Milwaukee and was struck by the simple military grave marker only distinguished by the notation 'MEDAL OF HONOR' after his name. Plenty of first hand accounts were needed to put this story together as the story was not told till the POW's were released 6 years later and this true heroism could be told at last...
This story is about the courage an American fighter pilot shows after being shot down in Viet Nam. The will to live is very powerful as told in this story. The most gripping part is that it is a true story. I have looked up the name on 'The Wall' in Wash. D.C. myself. This mans service and personal sacrifice will always be remembered by the people who read this book.